Beaches

Map of Renfrew County beaches along the Ottawa River Checklist

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See the Waterkeeper Swim Guide map for Renfrew County beach information.

McLean Beach (Arnprior)




Size of beach: 5m x 2m
River bed drop off: very shallow
River bed: sandy with lots of protuding rocks
Type of sand: fine and sparse
Picnic areas: large well kept grassy area 60m x 30m with several tables
Lifeguards: no
Boat launch: no
Facilities: rest rooms in park across McLean Ave
Surrounding area: large sports field complex across street, also a childrens' playscape
Feature: nearby access to the MacNamara Conservation Trails

Robert Simpson Park



Size of beach: 60m x 25m
River bed drop off: gentle
River bed: sandy
Type of sand: clean, soft and well maintained
Picnic areas: very large well kept grassy area
Lifeguards: yes
Boat launch: no
Facilities: rest and change rooms and canteen
Surrounding area: part of a large family recreation complex with playscape, spray pad, bandshell, fountain, flowers
Feature: 2km trail along the Madawaska River to Madawaska Blvd


Braeside (Arnprior)




Size of beach: 60m x 15m
River bed drop off: rapid
River bed: stoney
Sand: sand and pebbles, poorly maintained
Picnic areas: no
Lifeguards: no
Boat launch: no
Facilities: compost toilet
Surrounding area: boat launch at 642 Usborne has a modest size beach, with picnic tables and flush toilets
Feature: Boat launch area good for family picnic, public beach is good for launching an upstream shoreline ramble


Riverside Park (Pembroke)




Size of beach: 120m x 30m
River bed drop off: very gradual, swimming area marked off by buoys
River bed: sandy with some muddy spots
Type of sand: medium to coarse
Picnic areas: yes – part of a 30-hectare, fully-serviced trailer and tent campground park owned by the City of Pembroke with shade trees, pavilions
Lifeguards: yes
Boat launch: no
Facilities: public rest rooms
Surrounding area: mini-golf, horseshoe pits, ball diamonds, soccer pitches, playground apparatus, splash pad, snack bar
Feature: connected to Pembroke Marina/Waterfront Park by the 1.5-km Kiwanas Walkway. The Pembroke Area Field Naturalists have recorded as many as 56 bird species on their annual field trip along the Walkway in late August, including gulls, terns, ducks, geese, cormorants and songbirds such as vireos, warblers, sparrows and finches. Surprises usually occur.


Petawawa Point Beach (Petawawa) 





Size of beach: 400m x 40m
River bed drop off: gradual to moderate drop-off to a deeper boat channel. Passing motorboats create small waves breaking on the beach
River bed: sandy, some freshwater mussels
Type of sand: medium
Picnic areas: yes
Lifeguards: no
Boat launch: yes - the beach on the east side of Petawawa Point has a heavily used boat launch and is designated as a no-swimming area
Facilities: public rest rooms, beach volleyball court, play structure, snack bar and canoe/kayak/tandem kayak rentals
Surrounding area: Petawawa Point extends as a series of islands across the Ottawa River to Quebec. The confluence of the Petawawa and Ottawa Rivers is 500 m upriver from the point.
Feature: paddling among the islands by canoe or kayak (be careful crossing the motorboat channels, marked by buoys)


Lamure Beach (Deep River)

Size of beach: ~150 metres
River bed drop off: very gradual sloping, no sharp drop off within the buoy-lined swimming area, depth approx. 6 feet at 100 metres off shore
River bed: sandy, few clams
Type of sand: fine white near wateredge – good for sandcastles
Picnic areas: yes, plus covered gazebo
Lifeguards: yes, 12-5 pm, seven days a week
Boat launch: nearby Deep River Marina
Facilities: flush toilets and drinking fountain, BBQ’s (hibachi style), play structures, volleyball net
Surrounding area: Lovely view of Ottawa River and Laurentian Lowlands on Quebec side, surrounded by forest and near many trails, 10 min walk to Deep River downtown area
Feature: bald eagles, berries (in season)



Pine Point Beach (Deep River)

Size of beach: ~200 metres
River bed drop off: quite gradual sloping for approx. 100 metres and then abrupt drop off – water depths vary with sand bars and water levels. Drop off is close to shore near the point. Very abrupt dropoff!
River bed: sandy, some clams and patches with weeds in chestdeep water
Type of sand: fine white near wateredge – good for sandcastles
Picnic areas: no
Lifeguards: no
Boat launch: nearby Deep River Marina
Facilities: flush toilets
Surrounding area: Lovely view of Ottawa River and Laurentian Lowlands on Quebec side, surrounded by mixed forest with abundant trails
Feature: bald eagles, berries (in season)


Lake Clear Public Beach (Bonnechere Valley Township)



Size of beach: 12m x 60m
Lake bed drop off: very gradual one needs to wade at least 200m to get to swimming depth as illustrated by water colour change in above photo
Lake bed: smooth clean sand
Type of sand: fine white near wateredge – good for sandcastles
Picnic areas: no
Lifeguards: no
Boat launch: no
Facilities: compost toilets
Surrounding area: an ideal starting point for a paddle to nearby Hurds Creek with its many snapping turtles
Feature: peregrin falcons
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